|Author: Alan Fuller
No. of Pages: 206
Price: $18.99 / eBook $4.00
Author’s Website: Alan Fuller
For Christians, the authority should be Christ, and those he taught directly, the apostles. The problem is that we have their words in the New Testament, but there are differing opinions on what exactly they mean.
The apostles went throughout the Mediterranean world preaching the Gospel in the primitive churches. The member of those churches wrote and taught what they learned, and the writings of many of them still exist today. Many of those early Christians faced torture and martyrdom for their beliefs. If there is a disagreement over what the Bible is saying, doesn’t it make sense to consider what the early saints and martyrs taught? They were closer to the oral tradition of the apostles than we are today.
In the teaching of those earliest Christians, there is sometimes found a consistency and pattern not often found among moderns. Rather than teaching a Bible of literal obscure historical facts, they saw the Word of God that taught allegorically of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If that is the case, are the Bible’s prophecies any different?
By carefully examining the prophetic books or Revelation and Daniel, and comparing them with other Scriptures for an explanation that is consistent with early Christianity, a pattern emerges that shows design, purpose and meaning. Isn’t that what a God created universe is supposed to be about? Then we should expect to see this in His written word as well.
In THE GOSPEL PROPHECY, the pattern is examined, and implications for the planet’s future are analyzed. But aren’t theBible’s stories similar to the myths of other ancient cultures? This objection and others are also considered.
An absorbing book, Alan Fuller certainly knows his Gospels. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the scriptures, but I have to admit I learned a lot from this book. I always find it refreshing to find a new way of looking at an old subject, and Alan has come up trumps here. There is plenty of material to make you stop and think; it makes you revisit things you thought you had resolved.
Alan has a good narrative tone in the book, it doesn’t feel as though he is preaching at you, he isn’t demanding that this is right, and you are wrong. Instead, he presents his ideas, makes a few suggestions, and leaves the rest up to you.
There are plenty of statements and conclusions that I disagree with in the book, but Alan manages to put his opinion across in a way that is non-confrontational. I found myself wishing that Alan was with me while I was reading it so that I could have a good old debate about his ideas.
What I Most Liked:
I liked the way that Alan made me think about things, ones that I had made up my mind about years ago. For me, whether I agreed with his conclusion or not was immaterial, the fact it made me stop and think gave me a great sense of enjoyment.
What I least Liked
There is a section early on in the book where Alan tries to fit events into a total of 7, and while it didn’t grate due to Alan’s style, it didn’t ring very true to me. I could take some of his lists and make them number 8 or 9, it all depended on how they were grouped. It felt like Alan was trying too hard to make a point, and I think it weakened his overall position.
Alan told me when I agreed to review his book, which grammar was not his strong suit. Well, I have to disagree. I don’t go looking for mistakes when I review a book, but I will notice ones that jar, there was nothing in this book that jarred.
While I enjoyed this book, I think the target audience would be people who have a serious interest in Christianity. This is not the sort of book you pick up for a light read. If you are one of those people that are interested in this, then it is a must buy. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with Alan’s conclusions or not, you will learn plenty from this book, and it will make you think to boot.